Oscar Scherer State Park
This parks large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes it one of the best places in southwest Florida to view Florida scrub-jays, an imperiled species found only in Florida. The birds are abundant in this 1,381-acre park. In addition to viewing wildlife, an array of other land-based and water-based recreational activities await you. There is always something to do at Oscar Scherer State Park.
The park provides opportunities for canoeing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, camping and wildlife viewing. Canoeist and kayakers can paddle along the South Creek, a tidal backwater stream, which flows to a nearby bay. Try both freshwater and saltwater fishing from the creek banks, or anglers can fish the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the parks swimming destination. Picnic areas are equipped with grills and pavilion the can be reserved for a fee.
Fifteen miles of trails provide solitude, beauty, challenge and a health adventure for everyone. The Lester Finley Barrier Free Nature Trail, located in South Creek picnic area, is accessible to those with sight, hearing or mobility impairments. It has a wheelchair accessible fishing dock, butterfly observation area and a drinking fountain.
The park is 15 minutes from Siesta Key that offers 8 miles of the most beautiful and finest white sand you will ever see. The Gulf of Mexico view is absolutely amazing and Siesta Key Beach has long been recognized as one of the nicest beaches in the U.S. You will be able to capture the prettiest sunsets imaginable!
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